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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on January 27, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:

CHASE RAY STRIKE, a 30-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute ecstasy and possession with the intent to distribute esctasy. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, STRIKE faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and at least 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

NICHOLAS KOJETIN, a 27-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute ecstasy and possession with the intent to distribute esctasy. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, KOJETIN faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and at least 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

OTIS YELLOW MULE, a 23-year-old resident of Wyola, appeared on charges of robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, YELLOW MULE faces possible penalties of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

SARAH PLAIN BULL, a 28-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared on a charge of robbery. She is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, PLAIN BULL faces possible penalties of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The defendants pled not guilty to the charges.

The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and all persons named as defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A pre-trial conference and a trial date will be set and the United States will be required to prove the allegations set forth in the indictment beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

 

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